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    When I was a kid I remember some interesting cars my parents had. A 70's Jeep Comanche pick up with a V8 and a manual transmission. I remember watching my mom shift the gears when I was about 3yrs old. After that we had a white 1972 Chevrolet Caprice 2dr with a black canvas top and the rear wheel well side skirts. After that my parents bought a brand new green 1980 Ford Fiesta with some corny tan stripes along the side. I do not have photos of any of these cars unfortunately. The one that stands out and was my favorite was the next one. The year was 1983 and my dad was buying a car for my mom for her birthday. The two choices were a silver 1983 Camaro Z28 with T-tops and a 5spd manual or a black and gold 1982 Pontiac Trans Am with a 4spd manual. The Trans Am was a low option car. It was a hard top, flat hood (no scoop), silver wheel covers instead of the black ones, crank windows, no tilt, no rear wiper, no defrost, manual seats, AM/FM cassette deck with an analog tuner and a digital clock off to the side and black non PMD cloth bucket seats. My parents left the final decision up to me. Even though the Z28 was fully loaded it was Trans Am all the way. I remember the car was a former repo car with 10k miles and it was Click image for larger version

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    Our Trans Am had these wheel covers .I had always wished it had the black ones but looking back it did stand out as almost every other Trans Am had the black ones. Click image for larger version

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    • #3
      when I was a kid my dad was the king of the $100 car. I know there's cars we had that I've forgotten about but some highlights include a baby blue 77 4 speed pinto that my mom daily drove for a few years, a 72 /6 Dodge Dart that my dad drove everyday until he hit a deer with it, a string of 70s and 80s Dodge Power wagons, a 79 Plymouth Trailduster on 38" super swampers, a 77 Dodge Ramcharger that he put 100,000 miles on in a year and last and certainly least a Toyota Trecel hatchback that would fill up the floorboards with water when it rained we dubbed "The Fishbowl"

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      • #4
        My parents were never "car people," though I my father kind of skirts around it.

        The first car I remember my mother having was a 1987 Chevy Celebrity Eurosport. Seemed like a boring white toaster when I was a kid, but I'd get a kick out of finding a clean one now.

        My dad floated through a bunch of beaters including several VW microbuses (usually 2 at a time, for parts), and briefly a turbo audi 90(?).

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        • #5
          My parents also weren't exactly car people, so growing up it was pretty slim pickings for stuff I thought was cool. My mom did have a G-body Monte Carlo in maroon, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a V8. After that we had a B-body Roadmaster sedan in a navy blue. I think it had the LT1 in it as well since we used to tow an 18 foot fiberglass boat behind. That car was a beast, but decidedly not cool to 14 year old me when we got rid of it.
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          • #6
            When I was very young, my mother wanted to buy a sports car. Her first stop was the Porsche dealership, where my mother - a second-wave feminist who had spent her working life split between careers as a politician, disc jockey, and engineer - was told that she couldn't test drive a car without a copy of my father's pay stub. She promptly stormed out. She came home instead with a bright red T180 Toyota Celica ST. Years later, I was trying to buy one when I ended up with my RX-7. Not her car, but one similar:

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cameron View Post
              When I was very young, my mother wanted to buy a sports car. Her first stop was the Porsche dealership, where my mother - a second-wave feminist who had spent her working life split between careers as a politician, disc jockey, and engineer - was told that she couldn't test drive a car without a copy of my father's pay stub. She promptly stormed out. She came home instead with a bright red T180 Toyota Celica ST. Years later, I was trying to buy one when I ended up with my RX-7. Not her car, but one similar:

              It's so crazy how times were back then. Wow! I have been to dealerships looking for cars for my now wife and the salesman would completely ignore her even though we were there for HER. Super annoying and disrespectful.
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              • #8
                While the cars my mother drove were rather quite dull (mostly fwd Buicks and minivans) my father did own a couple of cool cars in my lifetime. The first one was a red 1979 Ford F150 extended cab pickup with a 460ci V8. It was kinda my first automotive crush. The second was a mid 80's Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon. It was a bit of a rusted out shitbox, but I adored it's funky looks and go anywhere attitude. To my ten year old mind it was just the coolest thing ever. I was actually devastated when he replaced it with a Ford Escort.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fuhrman16 View Post
                  While the cars my mother drove were rather quite dull (mostly fwd Buicks and minivans) my father did own a couple of cool cars in my lifetime. The first one was a red 1979 Ford F150 extended cab pickup with a 460ci V8. It was kinda my first automotive crush. The second was a mid 80's Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon. It was a bit of a rusted out shitbox, but I adored it's funky looks and go anywhere attitude. To my ten year old mind it was just the coolest thing ever. I was actually devastated when he replaced it with a Ford Escort.
                  My first car was a 75 F-100 with the smaller 360. I loved it! Your parents was the same year as Sam Walton's. These trucks drove like a car.
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